Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Simon Gagné Jersey Card

After taking the time to honour a model who's no longer with us, I now return to my trade with Kyle, with part three, this Simon Gagné swatch card:
It's from Upper Deck's 2008-09 Ice set (card #FF-SG of the Frozen Fabrics sub-set) and contains two bent corners (top-left and bottom-left) and two creases near the swatch as well as a few scratches in the middle, which Kyle says is how he got them through a re-pack.

Gagné is shown wearing the Philadelphia Flyers' then-home black uniform, with the associate captain's 'A'. He has achieved a lot as a Flyer, with two 40-goal seasons (including a career-high 47 in 2005-06) and two more 30-goal seasons, twice winning the team MVP award (the Bobby Clarke trophy) and playing in two All-Star Games.

His best playoff point-per-game average was in 2010-11 with the Tampa Bay Lightning, though, when he tallied 12 points in 15 games; he also won the Stanley Cup with the Los Angeles Kings in 2011-12 before returning to the Flyers halfway through the following season.

He was also led to believe the Flyers would sign him this summer, but that didn't happen, and all the teams he refused to sign with in the meantime have since filled their rosters with rookies and grinders while he is left to practice with his junior team, the Québec Remparts.

He has represented Team Canada five times, winning gold at the 1999 World Juniors and the 2002 Olympics, as well as the 2004 World Cup and silver at the 2005 World Championships.

He is one game short of his 800th regular-season NHL game, and stands at 288 goals, 309 assists and 597 points, plus his 59 points (37 goals) in 109 playoff games.

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